With deep thanks and profound admiration, we salute the phenomenal honorees of our seventh annual Classic Woman Awards. Making a better future by giving themselves to the present, they run organizations that provide comfort items to children in homeless shelters; encourage young people’s appreciation of music by giving them new musical instruments; help poor women in Latin America support their families; give girls at risk for abuse self-confidence through athletics; and extend financial, educational, and emotional support to people undergoing bone marrow transplants.
Our honorees represent dozens of nominees across America who give heart and soul to causes like suicide prevention, animal adoption, and elder care. One is Jean Van Horn Cavanaugh of Great Bend, Kansas—87 years old and still giving. Piling disadvantaged students in her car to go to games, concerts, or the Kansas State Fair, she provides the guidance that helps them prepare for college education. Orlando Garcia credits Jean for helping him graduate from medical school last May: “She listened. She understood my desire to excel. She was always there for me.”
WRITTEN BY REBECCA CHRISTIAN
PHOTOGRAPHS BY COLLEEN DUFFLEY
The Classic Woman Awards are produced by Executive Editor Marsha Raisch.
Thank you to our sponsors Century Furniture and Silver Promotion Service for their support of the 2011 Classic Woman Awards.